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THE CAMERON COUNTY PRESS.
ESTABLISHED BY C. B. GOULD, MARCH, 1866. VOL. 43 What Does it Mean? It has never been necessary for the present editor and publisher of the PRESS, during the many years we have been connected with this journal, to And fault with the treatment Empori um has received at the hands of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; in fact this great corporation has always been very considerate of the few re quests made by Emporium and wil lingly granted every request, when properly laid before them. Recently things seem to have taken a sudden change, greatly to the injury, detri ment and loss to our business men. What ■ Emporium considers unfair treatment constrains us to protest vig orously and requests fair play at the hands of this corporation, which we feel is due us when the undisputable fact is clear that Emporium turns iuto the treasury of the Pennsylvania It. R. Co., more money for freight than any other station between Harrisburg and Erie—uot excepting either Williams port or Lock Haven--the major por tion coming from the blast furnace and the three dynamite plants, to say nothing of C. B. Howard Company's lumber industry, and Emporium Flour ing Mills. Why do we protest? In the first place the present depot, erected when the road was first built, is not in keep ing with the demands of Emporium, is entirely void of any conveniences and utterly out of date, when compar ed with other towns of less importance. We should have a substantial brick de pot. Second.—The evening train from Buffalo, recently discontinued, should be placed back on the schedule, as it has been for many years a convenient local train, well patronized. The present plans leaves only one train daily from the north, that not giving business men time to walk up town, one mile, and transact business at the bank or courthouse and return until the following day. In addition to re placing this train, both the noon train and the evening train, as well as the morning train which leaves Emporium Junction at 8:00 a. m., should be run to the upper depot or Emporium proper, thereby accommodating the travel on the middle division, which is not now making connection with the morning train from Ridgway. Since this latter day nuisance went into effect, passeng ers have been obliged to remain here more than five hours, missing connec tions for northern points. Again, pas sengers who are obliged to remain at the Junction are not very amiable, that point not being permitted to enjoy the luxury of a depot, except a shed erect ed during Pan American days. A comfortable depot should be erected at the Junction for the accommodation of the public, especially those passeng ers who are obliged to remain in that dark, dismal and dangerous place at night while awaiting night flyers, to say nothing of the stranger who ar rives and is dumped in the wilderness of darkness, often between tracks. We feel that we are being ill treated and cannot imagine why Emporium is treated thusly and our people, especi ally the business men who pay very many thousands of dollars yearly into the coffers of this railroad Company, enter a solemn protest and have a right to demand that all local trains on the Buffalo division are run to Em porium as formerly, and a stop put to this "penny wise and pound foolish policy." Our stock of patience and endurance is about exhausted and we suspect, if the injustice is not righted, an appeal may be taken to the Inter- State Commerce Commission and the Pennsylvania Railroad Commission. We hope the officials of the Penn sylvania R. R , will see promptly the injustice that has been placed upon Emporium and grant prompt relief, which will not only benefit Emporium but be a convenience to the general public. We cannot believe that the general management has been mode cognizant with the true facts in this c.ise. A Great Convenience. The establishment of the F. E. Rowley lumber yard at this place, on the vacant lots east of the coal yard, where extensive buildings have been erected, are now well stocked with everything needed in the building line, especially interior finish, flooring, sid ing, ceiling, shingles, lath, doors, win dows and window frames. In fact anything you may desire in erecting that new house or remodeling the old one. Mr. Rowley, the proprietor, is a reliable, genial gentleman and will treat you fair and honorable. Drop into his office get acquainted and look over his extensive warehouse. See his adv. in another column of the PKESS. Sprained Foot. John Hogan sprained his left foot j last Thursday, at Emporium Lumber j Company's mill at Keating Summitt ! He is around on crutches, but improv | in g- Sweedish Services. Rev. E. Rendahl, of Dagus Mines, will preach in Emmanuel Parish House, Saturday evening, May Bth. The public will be welcomed. Struck by Ball. While watching a ball game last Saturday afternoon, at East Ward grounds, Carl Nystrum.'aged about 12 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ny strum was struck on the right temple by a base ball, rendored unconscious and confined to his bed until Monday, under the care of Dr. Smith. May Queen Contest. The votes for the May Queen, who is to be crowned at the May Carnival to to be held for the benefit of Mr and Mrs. Trotter on May 12th is as follows up to Wednesday evening: Miss Julia Bair, 21 votes. Miss Marion Judd, 11 votes. Miss Caroline Cox, 18 votes. Miss Bessie McQuy, 5 votes. Friends of the contestants will please get busy and send in your votes as the contest will close May Bth. Big Contract. Elmer E. Whiting and brother, Mil ton W., of Sterling Run, transacted business in Emporium yesterday and visited their many friends. The Whit ing Bro's rank with the most success ful lumbermen in the country and al ways busy. Elmer has just closed an extensive contract with the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company on Laurel Run, near Tyler, where still remain about 60,000,000 feet of hem lock owned by the Taunery Co., and Goodyears. This will be on extensive job and will close out all of the stand ing timber in that section. Has Located Here. Dr. E. O. Bardwell, as announced in last week's PRESS, arrived in Empori um on Tuesday and is busy locating his furniture in his rooms adjoining Dr. L. R. Felt's dental rooms. He will be in apple-pie order by Monday ready to attend to calls. The Dr. feels at home here and well may he, for his friends are legion in Cameron county, where he resided so many years before moving to Buffalo. Dr. Bardwell is one of the best read physicians in the country and a close student, safe counsel, sensible and one of those phy sicians who does not bolieve in filling you full of medicine. His cordial re ception here is certainly gratifying to the Doctor. Commencement Exercises. The Emporium Public Schools will close on Wednesday, May stb. The special exercises marking the close will be as follows: Baccalaureate services in the Pres byterian Church on Sunday evening, May 2nd at 7:30 o'clock. Sermon by Rev. Paul J. Lux. Class Exercises on Wednesday even ing, May 6th, in the Opera House at 8:00 o'clock. Commencement on Thursday even ing, May 6th, in the Opera House, at 8:00 o'clock. On Wednesday evening all of the members of the Class of 1909 will have part on the program. Music will be furnished by the Fisk Juvenile Band. On Thursday evening, Franklin Spencer Edmonds, Esq., of Philadel phia, will lecture on the subject, "Edu cation for the Twentieth Century." We are very fortunate in being able to secure Mr. Edmonds for the occasion, several unsuccessful efforts having been made in the past to bring him to l Emporium. An orchestra has also been engaged for this evening. It is I hoped that all patrons of the schools ! and all who are interested in education i will attend. In order to defray expenses, a charge of 25 cents admission for adults and 15 cents for pupils of the schools will be made on both Wednesday and Thurs ; day evenings. There will be no re- I served seats. Fixing Up. Mine host Harry W. Smith of New Warner, continues to make improve -1 ments. He has just completed the im provements in the dining room and waiting room, which adds greatly It is a neat and attractive job and was dune by F. H. Pearsall,|the decorator | and paper hanger. Will Erect Home. F. H. Pearsall, has broken ground for a new home on Broad street, be ; tween !fifth and Sixth streets. W. H. , Cramer has the contract for the erect j ion of the bouse. "Liberty and Union, One and Inseparable." —WEßSTEß. EMPORIUM, PA., THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 1909. WILLIAMSPORT'S GREAT LUMBER BOOM IS CLOSED Where Cameron County's Millions Where Ground Up—Forty Million Logs Valued at $150,000,000 Held in Leash During Sixty Years of the Structure's Existence—Forest Hilis Barren. From Lock Haven Express. | The Susquehanna boom at Williams ! port, which for years has played the leading role in the industries of that city, will soon be but a memory. The last log that will ever find lodgement there floated in last week, avid the work of the boom was ended. The few million feet belonging to the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Com pany and Brown, Clark & Howe will be rafted out, and the then famous structure, which has been the banker of Northern Pennsylvania, will be de molished. There will be no more drives down the West Branch, destined for what was once the largest lumber city of the east, and what little is re maining in the boom will be manu factured. Williamsport has been preparing for this closing event for years. A quarter of a century ago saw mills were the main industries of the city, and all the money was made in timber. This was considerable. But by reason of activ ity of business men in obtaining other manufacturing enterprises its passing will be but little noticed in commercial circles, whereas a quarter century ago it would have been a blow that the city would never have recovered from. Williamsport held ita placets a mon eyed center through the boom in its early days, and for what it is to-day the boom is largely responsible, although its geographical location would have made it a thriving place. LUMBER VALUED AT $150,000,000. When Major James H. Perkins came i to the West Branch Valley in 1845 his foresight brought about the building of the boom that made Williamsport the lumber city. He little realized, however, the importance of his under taking. It is not probable that even his keen penetration into the future ever told him that in the life of the boom 40,000,000 logs, representing $150,000,000, would be driven in and rafted out of the structure, of which he laid the foundation in a few sunken cribs in the river. When one comes to talk of the his tory of the boom, it is in figures past all human comprehension. Since 1862, the first year that figures were kept of its contents, there have been rafted out of the boom logs that totaled over 7,- 000,000,000 of feet. Estimating the number at S2O a thousand, its worth is more than ten timee the assessed value of Williamsport. The boom was incorporated in 1846, when the Susquehanna Boom Company was organized with 100 shares of stock at SIOO a share, and apportioned as fol lows: John Leighton, 1 share; John Du- Bois, Jr., 25; Matthew Dußois, 25; James H. Perkins, 24; Isaac Smith, 20; Elias S. Lowe, 5. John Dußois, Jr., was elected president. December 8, of the same year a con tract was let to Isaac Smith for abut ments for twenty piers, 19x20 feet each, to be completed by March 1,1850. The Resnad Ball and Banquet. We notice by a neat program, now in course of printing in the PRESS jobbing department, that the business committee of the Resnod Club has ar ranged for a very fashionable social event, in the way of a dance to be giv en in the Opera house, Monday evening, May 3rd, 1909, and in connection with this a banquet will be served at the New Warner, both functions to be at the expense of the Club. This organization has given a series 'j of semi-montlily dances throughout I the season, each of which was a decid |ed success. The above committee, \ consisting of Messrs. B. G. Erskine, M. ; J. Harris and C. C. Thompson, deserve i inestimable credit for the careful man ] agement of these events. The famous Germania Orchestra, of 1 Lock Haven, has been engaged and j everything looks promising for an en joyable time for all those who may have the pleasure ofattending. District Quarterly Meetings and | Sabbath School Convention. District Quarterly Meetings and Sab ; bath School convention will be held at i the Free Methodist Church at this place, from April 28th to May 2nd. Forty four visitors from distant places, including 13 ministers, have already ■ signified their intention of being pres- I ent. Latest uu-to-date Straw Hats at C. i B. Howard & Co's. i Loyalsock boom was organized a few months after that of the Susquehanna, to take care of the logs below the dam. Trouble arose between the two com panies. which lasted until 1858, when a consolidation was effected. The first mishap was the spring flood of 1860, when the boom was broken and 5,000,000 feet of logs escaped. During that summer 54 new cribs were built and the boom was greatly strengthened. For the season of 1866 the company erected its boom at Lin den by connecting the two islands there. From time to time other re pairs were made, till now the piers, or cribs, which constitute the boom num ber £3O. As salvage the boom company re ceived $1 per 1000 feeton all logs rafted out. This would indicate that since 1862 it was paid §7,133,000. Mainten ance expenses were heavy, but there was a handsome margin of profit. When the lumber business was at its height the company had 150 employes and its yearly payroll totaled $50,000. It is estimated that $40,000 was spent annually in repairs. The banner lumber year was in 1873 when the boom held 318,342,712 feet. On only one other year did it reach 300,000,000 feet, 1883. The latter show ed the largest number of logs in the boom, but they were smaller than in 1873. FOHEST HILLS ARE NOW BARREN. The boom again gave way May 31, 1889, the day Johnstowu was swept by flood, and 300,000,000 feet of logs es caped, eutailing great los 3 to lumber men. The total of logs dwindled until in 1898 the average was above 1,000,- 000 feet a year. Now there remains but 5.000,000 feet to close the history of the memorable enterprise. Knowledge of the geograpy of the country with Williamsport as the key to the lumber industry was recognized by Major Perkins. He foresaw the timber of Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Elk, Forest, Cameron and contiguous coun ties must come to Williamsport on flood tide to be manufactured. The northern tier hills, once covered with piue and hemlock, are barren t>w Oai y bear, deer, rattlesnakes and the huckleberry and brook trout are found there. Much of the land is Bterile waste. The state, tardy in getting control of its forests before the lands were strip ped, has undertaken the vast project of restoration, a slow process. Lands that once produced the finest pine and hemlock are to be replanted with their kind, and the child is alive who may see these hills once more crowned with their former glory. The raftsman, his logs, the arks and their drives are tied up forever. Among the men who have run the river and driven the logs, with all their attendant hardships, the smell of spruce, pine and hemlock bring happy memories of days that are no more. Special Sunday Dinner. Mine host Harry W. Smith of New Warner, is making elaborate prepara tions for next Sunday's dinner,to meet the wants of his patrons, as well as any of our townspeople, who may de sire to partake of the hospitality of the New Warner. His chef announces the following MENU. Canape De Princess, U. 8. A. Potage, a la Reines Broiled Maryland Shad, au Old Point Comfort Chilled Kalamazoo Celery en Branches Florida Cucumbers, Iced Spring Radish in Hare Form Sliced Tomatoes, Shaved Ice Heinz Queen Olives Fillet De Beef, Champignons Roast Spring Chicken, Country Feed, Sauce Like Ma Ma Stuffed Spring Lamb Chops, au Petit Pois Roast Pork Tenderloin, Mit a Whole Baked Apple, Tokoy Wine Queen Fritters, Peach Sauce Peach Pull's, Brandy Sauce Baked Sugar Cured Ham, Westphalian Style Braised Sweet Breads, au Creales New Potatoes, Delmonico Culifloweren Cream White Mountain Potatoes. Flaked New Asparagus on Toast New Green Peas Apple Pie Cherry Pie lemon Pie Strawberry Short Cake, Hotel Walton Angel Cake, au Princess Gold Cake ala Royal Assorted Wuts Bisque IceCream, I)i* Franklin Tea Cocoa Milk Cotlee Swiss and American Cheese The popular Italian orchestra, now on its annual visit to Emporium, will return to Emporium and render de lighful music during the meal hours. Save your good wife one day's labor, goto church and stop at New Warner at one o'clock and enjoy a good dinner and listen to the fine music. Just a few 14c and 160 Gladiator Hose left at C. B. Howard & Co's. Water Company Busy. For several weeks the officers of Em porium Water Company have been quietly planning for the construction of a larger reservoir on Salt Run, with sufficient capacity to retain a satisfac tory supply of water to meet the de mands of Emporium for Are and do mestic purposes. For several years, during the dry seasons, the water sup ply has been inadequate, and beastly filthy, endangering the lives of our citizens. It is high time that some thing was done to remedy the fault. Mr. Howard Murphy of Philadelphia, an expert hydraulic and sanitary en gineer, has been here for two weeks, examining the company's water sheds and from what we can learn of the gentleman's ability to handle the great problem, we believe the Water Com pany have received the right authority. Being desirous of giving our readers light upon the question, a PRKSS rep resentative called on Mr. Murphy at his room at the New Warner, and while we found him a pleasant and en tertaining gentleman, he politely re fused any information as to the wishes of his clients, upon the ground that it would be a violation of profes sional confidence and courtesy to do so. Naturally we wished to know if the gentleman was competent to solve the problem of Emporium's water supply and found much to our delight, that he is, from professional connection with the design and construction of over one hundred waterworks and sewer, age systems, a man of large hydraulic experience. We And that he was graduated from the scientific depart ment of the University of Pennsylva nia, class of 1872, with subsequent ad itional degree of master of science and that he served practical apprenticeship in hydraulic work, trom draughtsman, rodman and foreman of laborers and mechanics, to chief engineer. The following are a part cf his pr fessional record: Eight years and six months in the engineering office of department of surveys of Philadelphia, engaged on the sewerage of that city; having op portunity to become familiar with municipal engineering in general and keeping up in water works practice. For twelve years secretary and treasurer of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, and editor of its pro ceedings. Over seven years engineer member of State Board of Health of Pennsylva nia and chairman of its standing com mittee on water supply, drainage, sewerage, topography and mines. Seven years hydraulic engineer of the new public buildings, Philadel phia, introducing the very extensive water supply of the new city hall. Made the examination and report for the new water supply of the city of Reading, Pa., and consulting engin eer during its construction. Organized the Schuylkill Valley San itary Association and was chairman of ita executive committee. Designed and executed important work on the Norfolk and Western railroad system in Virginia, notably the water works at Roanoke; Radford and Richlands. We are glad our home Water Com pany have retained such a competent gentleman to examine and report upon their property. Let us hope for a better water supply system here. Serious Operation. The many Cameron county friends of Mr. C. G. Minick will be pained to learn that he is confined in Ridgway Hospital,having passed through a seri ous operation for the removal of gall ptones, from which he had been suffer ing for some time. His many friends hope for a speedy recovery. Handy as a Pocket in a Shirt. If you are the owner of a baby car riage and have trouble to keep the tire on the wheels goto Laßar's Furniture store and purchase one of those handy devices for retiring the wheels. Disagreeable Storm. Last night this section was visited by a snowstorm, covering the ground j eight inches deep. To-day is one of j the worst ever—rain, thunder light ning, alush a foot deep. Awful. ♦ • * May Make Repairs. The furnace may close for a short j time to make much needed repairs, i after a long, steady run, without losing ' an hour. Pure Salad Oil at C. B. Howard & Go's. . Just received fresh invoice of Toma toes and Peas, 3 cans for 25c, at C. B. Howard & Co's. TERMS: $2.00 —F1.501N ADVANCE. THE WEATHER. FRIDAY, Showers. SATURDAY, Fair. SUNDAY, Fair. ASSETS First National Bank, EMPORIUM, PA. At the close of business, April 28,1809, $819,645.64. PLUCK and perseverance usually prosper. Very often, this prosperity has its beginning in the opening of a saving account. Allow us to assist you in starting. SI.OO Starts an Account. 3O INTEREST PAID ON SAVINO BOOK o ACCOUNTS AND CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT. DR. LEON REX FELT, DENTIST. Rockwell Block, Emporium, Pa. DR. H. W. MITCHELL, DENTIST, (Successor to Dr. A. B. Mead.) Office over A. F. Vogt's Shoe Store, Emporium, Pa 12y Death of Congressman Barclay's Wife. MRS. MARGARET A. L. BROOKS BARCLAY, aged 04, died at Elmira, N. Y., Sanitarium on Wednesday, after an illness of several years. Deceased was the second eldest daughter of the late Hon. John Brooks. Funeral will be held Fri day p. in., at 2:00 o'clock, from the late residence at Sinnetnaho ning. The deepest sympathy of our people goes out to the bereaved husband and family. Fm» SAT-/??—Carriage, Top Surrey, new; aiiu i-J ft Extension Table. 2t MRS. J. A. JOHNSTON. Emporium Summer Normal School May 10th to June 18tli, 1909. For imformation, address, C. E. PLASTEKER, Principal. BOARDING WANTED. Boarding places desired for students, address as above. Big Works Hustling. The Climax Powder Co., last Friday made the largest output in the history of the plant, besides working two nights a week and Sundays. They were never so busy. * a # Both the Emporium and Keystone Powder Companies are doing nicely. New orders coming in daily. * • Mr. Henry Aucbu, general manager of Sinnamahoning Powder Co. informs the PRESS they have now completed their electric plant, which drives all machinery and lights the plant. They are doing well and no kick coming. •** The Emporium & Rich Valley R. R. Company, are building two miles of road. That means more timber for the mill here. And the furnace still runs. May she always run. Railroad News. Ninety-nine per cent, of the 8,764 trains operated on the Western Penn sylvania Divison of the Pennsylvania Railroad in March arrived at their des tinations "on time," according to a re port issued to-day by the General Sup erintendent at Pittsburg. Of the total number of trains operated on this division in March, 8,538, or 98 per cent, made schedule time, though 252 of these trains did not arrive on time. Two hundred and twenty-six trains, or about three per cent, of the total, lost time. These records derive added signific ance from tho fact that 5,421, or 65 per cent, of all the trains operated on the Western Pennsylvania Division in March, ran over the Pittsburg Divi sion, which has the heaviest grades ou the Pennsylvania System, and 92 per cent, of these trains were on time. The Conemaugli Division operated 2,442 trains and had 99 per cent, of them on time, while the Monongahela Division had 95 per cent, of its 901 trains on trains. Tickets Now on Sale. The tickets for the May Carnival are now offered for sale. The prices are ladies 25c and gentlemen 50c. Be sure and purchase your tickets early. Master Whiteiey Howard has charge of the tickets and will canvass the town. Watch for him. NO. 11.